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NWF State College Announces Auditions For ‘Jake’s Women’ Fall Production

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


8/14/2013 - Open auditions for the Northwest Florida State College fall production of the Neil Simon comedy, “Jake’s Women,” will be held on Wednesday, August 28, with sign-in beginning at 6:00 p.m. and auditions starting at 6:30 p.m. Auditions will be held in the Sprint Theater the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a one-minute, comic monologue. Rehearsals and performances will be held Monday through Friday, with Wednesdays off, from September 3 to October 26, 2013. The play will be performed October 23 to 26. For further information, please contact director Clint Mahle at 850-729-6007 or

The play revolves around Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than real life, and who faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes-moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visits from actual females. Jake's women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident; his daughter, now a young woman but who is recalled as a child; his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst; his current wife, who is leaving Jake for another man; and a prospective third wife. The play calls for a cast of 7 females and one male.

Jake, the lead role, was played by Alan Alda during the play’s run on Broadway, and the play will definitely deliver a unique night of comedy. There are eight characters in the play: Jake, a writer in the grips of a midlife crisis who would rather observe life than live it; Maggie, Jake’s second (current) wife, a matter-of-fact, career-oriented woman who loves Jake deeply but cannot deal with his inability to communicate with her as a real person; Karen, Jake’s sister, cynical, frustrated, and very acerbic; Young Molly, Jake’s daughter at 12, the perfect, loving, non-problematic kid; Older Molly, Jake’s daughter at 21, a college student who longs to know more about her mother; Julie, Jake’s first wife, who has died, and therefore lives as an ideal only in Jake’s memory; Edith, Jake’s therapist, who is both a voice of reason and very annoying; and Sheila, Jake’s girlfriend, who loves Jake, but can’t cope with his indecision as the Maggie in his mind takes over his relationship with her.